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Hines Ward

Cops Arrest Man for

Blackmailing NFL Star

10/19/2012 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Hines Ward was the target in a diabolical extortion plot ... so say police who arrested a man for allegedly threatening to release evidence that Ward paid women for sex. 

Cops in Pennsylvania arrested 26-year-old Josh Van Auker yesterday ... after he allegedly demanded $15,000 from the former Pittsburgh Steelers superstar in exchange for materials that he claims would prove Hines patronized prostitutes.

According to police, Van Auker claimed Ward used to bang his GF -- though it's unclear if she is one of the people he claims Ward paid to have sex with.

Cops say they arrested Van Auker in a sting operation -- in which he made the cash-for-evidence handoff with Ward's personal assistant ... who was working with detectives.

Van Auker is now facing 2 counts of felony attempted extortion -- he's due to face a judge as soon as possible.

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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

So, instead of the extortionist making money from outing him, TMZ does.

553 days ago
2.

Phishie from Philly    

Hines is going to be the next Tiger Woods but a broke as.s version.
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Phishie from Philly

553 days ago
3.

Phishie from Philly    

Why pay to play when you can just say I'm a celebritay to get some vay vay.
These celebrities and sports players don't know how to do
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Phishie from Philly

553 days ago
4.

Jeff Becker    

Hines Ward, like most athletes and for that matter, most men has frequented the local strip joints. The fact that he paid a few strippers for some action is no surprize. Who really cares? He's single.

553 days ago
5.

jayman419    

Hines would never have to pay for sex. His smile is famous, and he's very much a beloved personality in Pittsburgh.
Probably just as popular in Georgia, and there he'd have all that Bulldog groupie tang.
The only advantage that paying for it offers is that there is some semblance of a deal in place, which may offer at least some protection for a star like him.

552 days ago

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